Back in the states?
Hey, are you back in the states? If not, what the hell are you doing editing Wikitravel at 5AM Sunday morning? --Evan 23:44, 3 Jan 2004 (EST)
So, now you're an admin. You should probably log out and log back in so your cookie gets cleared and you get the new privileges. Be careful with anything that looks new, and if you have any questions, let me know. --Evan 15:50, 25 Jan 2004 (EST)
French Wikitravel Expedition
So, the French localization file is up, if you want to get working on it. I've had a Montrealais friend offer to help out with the Expedition, which will make the magic Fifth Person. Let's get cracking! --Evan 14:24, 5 Feb 2004 (EST)
Thanks for your appreciation! There's more to come, naturally.--Alexwcovington 01:59, 21 Apr 2004 (EDT)
I'm not actually in Minot at the moment, so I can't just go out and take a picture. I have a few lying around on my hard drive at the moment. The best general purpose one is up on the Wikipedia article. In three weeks I'll be back in Minot so I'll be able to do something there. But you remind me... While I'm in Grand Forks I should take some pictures. --Alexwcovington 02:19, 27 Apr 2004 (EDT)
Would you also like to also explain WHY you reverted my changes to Geneva? Right now, your bulleted lists are broken (you have one list for each item due to the use of empty lines in between - very bad html). Arguably, the links may be useful but you'd have to change the policies first. Other guide is other guide... -- Nils 08:55, 27 Apr 2004 (EDT)
Hey! I'm so glad to hear you guys are having a good trip in Paris. You're getting Noema into travelling really, really early! I hope things keep going well. Quick question: did you get your invite? I know you can't come, but we want to make sure Europeans are receiving them. --Evan 13:13, 9 Sep 2004 (EDT)
>deleted the mermaid image, though I don't understand what the copyright problem could be The problem is the danish copyright law. I had to read it a few times to understand the problem. Basicly the heirs of the guy that make the statue formed a company that holds the rigts to make "copies" of the statue. Apparently photos with the statue as the main motive are considered copies. Maybe I didn't do anything wrong. But if someone made a Copenhagen guidebook based on wiktravel under CC-sa they would certainly be sued. See http://www.mermaidsculpture.dk/kommerciel_uk.html and http://www.godset.dk/rolf/snowbrev.htm
-- elgaard 16:01, 2004 Sep 17 (EDT)
Thank you for the Welcome
Thanks for the welcome, I only stumbled into Wikitravel from a remark on Wikipedia:Village Pump and then saw the Brussels entry. I'll adapt and add some of my notes to it. -Wikibob | Talk 17:39, 2004 Sep 19 (EDT)
Is the redirect Paris/18th arrondisement (which redirects to a redirect) some kind of tragic spelling accident? (Also, Paris is looking nice -- future Destination of the Month I think.) -- Colin 22:05, 26 Sep 2004 (EDT)
Thanks for the welcome. -- Rspga49 8:19 September 27, 2004 (EDT)
Hi there Mark. Glad you like my (fairly random) contributions on Paris - one of my favourite cities (I suspect it may be one of yours also.....!) No real items on my wishlist at the moment - I'll be in Paris myself early December for 4 days in any case - so just be sure and have a good time while you're there. The only thing I was thinking today was that we really need a good public domain map of Paris arrondissements to go with the Paris Districts section - kind of a broad overview of their layout around the city, position in relation to the Seine, etc. Probably need some extra-peripheral items on it as well - St Denis, Bois de Vincennes, Bois de Boulogne, Versailles (?) just to help out. Maybe something like this. No luck so far with my own searches. Have you seen anything, or - with your very admirable map-making skills - maybe you could put a prototype together? (I don't want to make work for you, however..... What software are you using? - Maybe I could try my hand at it?) Pjamescowie 13:44, 9 Oct 2004 (EDT)
Hiya -- I have a list of Paris restaurant cards (even with a few review sentences). Like all my plans, I just need some spare time to type them in! I'll be proud to help represent the meat eaters. Have a great time in Paris. -- Tinfoiled 09:22, 13 Sep 2004 (EDT)
How can I get Chinese fonts and typing working? I'm running KDE 3.0.99 and XFree86 4.2.1. My browser default font is Verdana, and all the letters on my keyboard layout page show up correctly. -phma 19:27, 10 Oct 2004 (EDT)
Sorry about that
Mark, sorry about that. Normally I don't check mispellings in images but I did those edits in a bit of a rush and that slipped through. --Nzpcmad 15:44, 11 Oct 2004 (EDT)
Hey, Wix looks like just what I need for the second part of StatScript! Now if some of you admins could just rubber-stamp and fill out in triplicate the bureaucracy on Wikitravel:Script nominations... Jpatokal 08:21, 28 Oct 2004 (EDT)
Hey, I gave it a shop and did . I think the scale is going to make the writing too small-- maybe we crop it below Dubar Square? It's a heck of a city to try and do a map for-- I was there 4 months and still got lost just about every time I went out... Thanks for getting this going! Majnoona 13:38, 28 Oct 2004 (EDT)
So, for scripts to write to the site, we need to have two admins give a thumbs-up. Can you take a look at the two bots that were recently added to the Wikitravel:script nominations page and give your thumbs-up/down? It'll help us get unstuck. --Evan 17:04, 28 Oct 2004 (EDT)
No leave the comment as it is, or it will invalidate the followup discussion about edit conflicts! -- Hypatia 05:27, 2 Nov 2004 (EST)
New admin nominees
So, I just nominated three new people for admin status. Since it takes the approval of two other admins to get one of these nominations approved, I'd appreciate it if you could drop in to Wikitravel:administrator nominations and show your support (or lack thereof). And, yes, this is just a copy-and-paste of the messages I've put on the other admins' talk pages. --Evan 17:17, 9 Nov 2004 (EST)
Mark, your map of Paris looks Great! Your notes on it's creation are also good. I'm going to take a stab at generating some maps myself now...again -- Yosemite 16:19, 10 Dec 2004 (EST)
I generally try and avoid "proper" names for just that reason but sometimes I get it wrong! Putting some sort of indicator would definitely help. From my side, if I have to look at the context of every suspect word it's going to slow me down but I guess that's just the way it is. --Nzpcmad 16:16, 14 Dec 2004 (EST)
Spam on User page
That must be one hell of a ten line script. Nice! -- Colin 15:52, 4 Feb 2005 (EST)
Just so you know...
You've effectively set mts against thousands of students in an entire school division. your nice little PERL code was basically worthless and does nothing but restrict your own site... how does it feel?
Hey! My daughter was born Jun 24, 2004. About the same age as yours! -- Colin 03:46, 5 Mar 2005 (EST)
you have locked out thousands of kids from your site. ha.
Thanks for the maps
Hey, just want to say thanks for the cool looking maps. I tried making a couple a while ago, using gimp and freehand mouse scribbles, and they both sucked horribly.
Also, I your page said "If you've got a trip to one of these planned, bug me and I'll put some time into the article.", well: I'm heading to China later this year (October time), including to Shanghai... *hint hint* :P
New Logo Contest
hi, we have wikimedia running, and a user changed 400 pages in 20 minutes.
how can you rollback all these changes at once?
I am not a programmer, but if you can help us here, would be very cool.
mak_wiki At eunet Dot co Dot at
Go to the "User Contributions" page for the user who made the changes. You should see a bunch of "rollback" links. Right click each of them and choose the menu item "Open in new tab". Once in a while you'll find you have too many tabs open, so take a moment to close them. You should be able to do the whole thing in about 75% of the time it took the vandal to do the vandalism. -- Mark 07:36, 29 Jun 2005 (EDT)
Re: who put the stub on the Main Page?
All of the Caribbean articles on the main page are stubs. -- Colin 14:07, 26 Jul 2005 (EDT)
Thanks for saying hello
--RandalSchwartz 02:13, 27 Jul 2005 (EDT)
About your logo submission...
I know it's a bit late to be suggesting changes, but I had some comments you may or may not find helpful:
1) The logo shouldn't jut out on the top and bottom so much, because there is too much whitespace... this may not be a problem, as I'm not sure exactly how which emblems will be used. You've probably considered this already.
2) Totally a personal opinion, but I think the font might be better in a classical looking serif font, like Georgia or something, in black... and in all caps, with the W big and ikitravel in small caps. With that change, the color of the emblem might change to a yellowed color, like old maps, and the borders of the cells made much thinner. You probably don't want to change this, but I'm personally a big fan of antique maps and such, so there's my input.
3) I thought maybe you could complete the top left portion of the compass, complete with less prevalent SW, NW, and NE marks subdued and in the background (not interfering with the text). I know this sort of kills the butterfly like logo design, but I'm not particularly fond of that.
4) Even if you don't make any of the changes above (and I doubt you will because they're somewhat drastic), I suggest instead of showing the two pieces of the compass star seperated from eachother, stick them together (at the corner/center) and then cut a rectangle from the point of the West jut to the point of the East jut, and therein put the text. That way, it will take up less vertical room, it will also make a nice, clean looking border for the text.
I'm sorry I couldn't take the images and edit them myself, but I only became aware of the logo submissions today, and I'm not at my computer until sometime next week. I really like your design, despite what changes I've considered (and I could be wrong, and your logo may be best untouched!), so good luck! I think it will win, and I'm sure if it can be better in some way you can change it once your basic design has won.
I think your logo submission is now the favourite to win the competition. I was wondering if you fancied having a go at making a version of your compass-star with something like my text logo in as a possible alternative version of your logo, and see what people thought? I'm certainly open to you tearing my logo to pieces and using whichever bits of it might help enhance yours.
Just a thought. :) -- Owl 03:23, 10 Aug 2005 (EDT)
I've been thinking about that all along, and I'm going to give it a go this weekend if I have time. Unfortunately no matter what some folks seem to think real graphic design takes some time.. ;) -- Mark 03:59, 10 Aug 2005 (EDT)
How did you do your Paris maps?
I just loaded your full Image:Paris.svg into Inkscape and I was totally blown away by the level of complexity and detail in it! (Actually it ate up all the RAM in my machine and I had to wait for the disk to stop swapping to close the window!) The smaller maps of the arrondissements are certainly the best quality cc-licensed maps I have ever seen anywhere on the web, without a shadow of a doubt.
I would love to do a similar (but clearly much smaller, and much less professional, as it'll be a first effort) map for Manchester at some point. I posted a question over at the Mapmaking Expedition but no one seemed to answer me. I'm at a loss where to start. How did you get the layout of the roads for those maps? Did you trace an existing map or satellite photograph? Is there anything illegal about that if I do it? I had a go at tracing over a Google satellite image, and it's really hard but I reckon I could do it with enough time.
Do you have any hints that could make my life easier?
Thanks for your help!
-- Owl 16:43, 17 Aug 2005 (EDT)